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Congressman Adam Smith takes lead in August primary
The first wave of primary election results were released at about 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5.
In the Congressional District No. 9 race, incumbent U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, a Democrat, takes the lead with 44,806 votes or 63.17 percent of total votes.
Doug Basler, a Republican, will move forward with Smith to the general election on Nov. 4. His total votes were 19,821 or 27.94 percent of all votes.
Don Rivers came in third with 5.79 percent of votes and Mark Greene with 2.91 percent of votes. Both are now out of the race.
In Washington’s primary system in a race with three or more candidates, the top two move to the general election ballot regardless of party affiliation.
Congressional District No. 9 makes up parts of Seattle, Mercer Island, Bellevue, Renton, SeaTac, Des Moines and Federal Way, among other cities.